As a young man, the Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick studied violin at Northwestern University, hoping he might land with “a second-rate symphony orchestra somewhere.” But that all changed when his good friend Charlotte Rae loaned him her cast album from Finian’s Rainbow.
Showcasing chart-topping hits and Tony-nominated choreography, “On Your Feet!” is wowing audiences worldwide. But music icon Emilio Estefan hopes the uplifting story behind the music will inspire fans long after they leave the theater.
Over the years, the Lythgoe family has earned a reputation for producing popular reality television shows, such as “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” But also they share a real passion for “bringing affordable theatre to families across America.”
Acclaimed director Laurence Connor is associated with some of musical theatre’s biggest hits. But there is a special place in his heart for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” returning to TPAC’s Jackson Hall Oct. 24. through Nov. 4.
What started out as a humble one-act show performed above a pub has become an international sensation primed to conquer Nashville October 9-14.
Taking a hit Broadway show on the road is not without its challenges. But things become all the more complicated when half the cast is still in elementary school. When it comes to School of Rock – the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that arrives at TPAC on September 11 – Associate Director David Ruttura calls it “a real joy.”